Grand Haven Main Street has a history that stretches back to 1982 when the city’s first downtown development authority was established. In 2005, the group merged with another business-centric organization, Downtown Grand Haven Inc., to form Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority (MSDDA).
Grand Haven MSDDA is part of a national program aimed at revitalizing and growing main street Grand Haven into a thriving, traditional, innovative and creative center of commerce for residents and businesses. A healthy and vibrant central business district is part of a larger strategy to retain and attract young people, professionals and high tech companies to the area. It also draws visitors from far and wide. Approximately 1.5 million people visited Grand Haven during 2011 alone.